Climatic Changes – Current Global Trends & Our Future

  The current trends of global warming can be quite dispiriting. We have witnessed some of the wildest and most extreme weather and climatic events in the year 2013. The records have shown that in 2004, 252 million people were affected by climatic disasters, 96% of them were from the developing countries. The weather pattern changes that we are observing today are only due to a degree or two rise in global temperature. If the trend continues, we will be facing more devastating consequences in the future. As the global temperature rises, we will be facing more serious consequences. Scientists predict that as the green house gases continue to increase, the polar ice caps will melt causing sea levels to rise. As a consequence, countries close to the coastal area and low lands will go under water. There are more serious and deadly consequences that environmental scientists are warning everyone about. We will discuss the 10 most fatal consequences of global warming below. Consequences of the global warming   1. Forest fires are more common in the USA today Forest fires or wild fires are becoming more common today and causing more damages in the residences and surrounding areas. Today, forest fires are becoming more common because the ice melts quicker in the winter due to global warming. Droughts and lack of moisture in the far Western American States, such as California, is also a reason for wild fires. 2. Arctic plants are experiencing a boom in growth Arctic plants are experiencing a boom in their growth. This is due to rapid melting of arctic ice during spring. This...

Ecology VS. Environmental Science How It Relates To Our Economy

Environmental policies of a nation are without a doubt related to its economy. There are costs associated with energy resources and the effect of the resources on the environment, as well as costs and benefits associated with depletion of the environment that relates to air pollution, water pollution, solid waste management, toxic waste, fossil fuels, global warming, and so on. Environmental economics The field of economics that deals with the environment is referred to environmental economics. This is a sub field of economics, which emphasizes on economy and describes economy as a subsystem of ecosystem. Environmental economics also focuses on preservation of our natural capitals, such as land air, water, mining, fossils, and all other natural resources. Ecological economics Ecological economics is another field of economics which is defined as both interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary academic fields of study, aiming to focus on the co-evolution and interdependence of natural ecosystems and human economies over a given period of time and place. The difference between environmental economics and ecological economics is that environmental economics makes mainstream economic study of the environment. Economy is treated as a “subsystem” of the ecosystem, emphasizing on prevention of natural capitals. Ecology VS. Economics From definition of the two fields of economics, we can clearly see that both the fields of economics consider eco-system as the main system that controls economy of a given space and time. Many people thought about doing something good about the environment but it seemed to interfere with economy and how they build their wealth. Both ecology and economy was viewed as two separate and independent fields and most people thought...

Blog Highlights from 1/21/2014 – 2/3/2014

  2014 National Biodiesel Conference + Expo – Official Blog Highlights from January 27 Highlights from official blog of the 2014 National Biodiesel Our Sustainable Path To Success: A Progress Report – This report focuses on issues material to our business, organized into three primary sections: Environmental Stewardship, Social and Governance. WSP Media Highlights – 2013 – WSP research on the water soft path approach is mentioned in this December 2013 article in The Castlegar Source about the need to “think outside the box” when it comes to long-term planning for water use in B.C.’s Kettle River watershed Smart Blog On Food and Beverages – As packaging becomes almost as important as the product it holds, packaging design has been elevated to an art form. NRDC Blog Highlights Cornell’s Sports Greening Efforts | Cornell Sustainable Campus Blog highlights form Cornell University 2012 Highlights: Sustainable Forestry This week, we are celebrating our achievements from the past year, where we have seen our rates of growth soar. Today, we focus on our efforts in sustainable forestry…...

Sustainable Systems For Fish Farming – Managing Pests & diseases

Through fish farming, our source of protein and nutrition has found new sources and possibilities. Using our ponds and fresh water, we are able to produce more food in the water and benefit from it. It has also boosted our seafood industry, making the seasonal seafood supply available at any time of the year. The aquaculture industry is growing rapidly and with it many have questioned the sustainability issues of fish farming. It is also important to manage pests and diseases effectively to increase production. Enhancing fish habitat Improving the natural habitat in your pond can increase the fish production and population of your fish farm. Create structures to cover and provide shelters for your young fish in case they are attacked by predators or unwanted reptiles, increasing their chances of survival and growth. Managing Predators and water quality Managing unwanted predators for fish farm such as birds, reptiles, unwanted carnivorous fish, wild fish, insects, and fishing by man is essential for any fish farm. Fish production can also be affected by diseases, reduction of quality feed, water quality, overcro wded ponds, and so on. Fish farm quality can also be reduced if enough oxygen is not supplied, especially for delicate and exotic fish farming. Decomposition or fouling weed and dead animals can also harm the water quality, reduce water quality and limit the fish movement on the surface. · Placing a swan decoy Placing a swan decoy on your fish pond can limit geese from attacking your pond. Swans are highly territorial. Once a swan decoy is placed, gees will be discouraged to opt the pond and go...

Sustainable Pest Control Methods For Agriculture And Farming

Controlling pest in the farms is very important because they can damage your crops and reduce production. Some insects and parasites can live in the body of plants and animals feeding on them and causing diseases. They are not only annoying but they can also cause several fatal diseases and deprive the plant and animals of essential nutrients that they need for normal growth. Fortunately, you don’t need to run to your local farm supply store to get a bottle of pesticide containing chemicals anymore for your indoor or backyard garden. You have safer and more eco-friendly methods of pest control available and most of the stuff is available in your kitchen pantry already. There are sustainable ways of getting rid of these insects and parasites, without using harsh chemicals, and some of the easy methods of getting rid of these creepy crawlers include using common household products that you can find around the house. Soapy water: spray plants or animals with soapy water. It will get rid of mites, and aphids.   Beer: Beer is not only for drinking. Your pests like beer too. You can make an effective trap for snail or slugs with beer, and prevent them from eating leaves of your plants.   Garlic: garlic has a strong odor that can repel most common bugs. Placing garlic close to your home garden can repel several harmful insects.   Pepper spray: make a solution with soap water, red chili pepper or black pepper. Spray it on your plants to get rid of spiders.   Nicotine spray: make a solution by taking one cup of dried tobacco...

Sustainable Organic Farming – A Better Way Of Livestock Production

We have heard the old saying that “we are what we eat.” This saying has a great significance because what we eat has a great impact on how we live. It is closely related to our health and environment. In recent years, there has been an increased demand for food that is ethically produced and also sustainable. Along with an increase in the amount of organically grown farm lands around the world in the recent years, the concern for growing animals with organic products and awareness for livestock welfare has also increased. Organic farming has now reached new international standards with 84 countries around the world implementing it. There are many aspects of organic farming that benefits the ecology and environment because organic farming does not input any harmful chemical fertilizers, toxic insecticides or synthetic materials into the plant and soil. It also relies on ecological process such as waste recycling and natural pest control methods. Organic farming can especially outperform the conventional farming methods and benefit the land which has been farmed for a long time and has been going through droughts. The conventional agricultural methods, on the other hand, may degrade the quality of the land and may cause soil erosion, excessive water withdrawal and may cause loss of biodiversity to the land. For many third world countries like Africa and Asia, agriculture is the only way to address the growing poverty, to increase self dependency and to reduce need for foreign aids to support their economy. Even in America, the food grown with organic products can significantly reduce our chances of damaging the environment through insecticides...